THROWBACK FRIDAY: Linda Seger – How to Make a Good Script Great

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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3 Stereotypes to Avoid Becoming On a Film Set

By Matt Webb | Mar 22, 2017 | 4 Comments
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3 Stereotypes to Avoid Becoming On a Film Set Often the biggest problem stopping new or inexperienced crew continuing to get work is their attitude. Sometimes it is the fact that they just can’t fulfill the job, but most of the time it all boils down to their attitude and how they approach the tasks.…

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IFH 148: How to Write a Super Natural Hit Film with Beetlejuice Creator Larry Wilson

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Write a Super Natural Hit Film with Beetlejuice Creator Larry Wilson If you were a kid of the late 80s or early 90s then today’s guest definitely had an impact on your life. Larry Wilson is the co-creator of the cult classic Beetlejuice (directed by Tim Burton), writer of Addams Family and worked on the legendary television…

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[Watch] Top Ten BEST Filmmaking Courses Online

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Top Ten BEST Filmmaking Courses Online I’m always asked what the top filmmaking courses online I’d recommend to filmmakers. As Jack Nicolson says: “If you don’t keep learning, you die.” I am a HUGE consumer of online courses of all types. I’m a visual learner and online courses help me keep my skills sharp. Below I’ve…

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James Patterson MasterClass: Learn Writing from a Master Storyteller

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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James Patterson MasterClass: Learn Writing from a Master Storyteller Set out to write a best-selling book. James Patterson, the author of 19 consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, reveals his tricks of the trade for the very first time. In this course, he guides you through every part of the book writing process. In…

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Deconstructing the Short Film: Cyn – A Twisted Tale

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Deconstructing the Short Film: Cyn – A Twisted Tale Next up in the Deconstructing the Short Film Series is the Short Film Cyn – A Twisted Tale. If you haven’t seen the other films in this series, Red Princess Blues and RPB: Genesis here a bit of info on this series. After many requests from…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: What Happens After You Win the SXSW Film Fest w/ Brant Sersen

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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Deconstructing the Short Film: Red Princess Blues Genesis

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Deconstructing the Short Film: Red Princess Blues Genesis Next up in the Deconstructing the Short Film Series is the Animated Short Film Red Princess Blues Genesis. I co-directed this film with my good friend and artist Dan Cregan. After many requests from the Indie Film Hustle Tribe, I’ve decided to release my short films on my Youtube Channel.…

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IFH 147: Cinema Lenses MasterClass with Matthew Duclos

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Cinema Lenses MasterClass with Matthew Duclos Today we are going deep down the cinema lenses rabbit hole. I was lucky enough to sit down and speak to the “Yoda” of cinema lenses Matthew Duclos. Matthew has been working on lenses for most of his life. Most cinematographers in Los Angeles (and around the world) consider him…

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How to Finish Your First Low Budget Indie Film When You’re Clueless!

By James Morosini | Mar 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Finish a Low Budget Indie Film When You’re Clueless! I had the impulse to make a feature length indie film, Threesomething, after doing a bunch of shorts, but I had no idea what to do or where to start. Here’s my journey… Developing an Indie Film In November I ran into a filmmaker…

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Deconstructing the Short Film: Red Princess Blues

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Deconstructing the Short Film: Red Princess Blues After many requests from the Indie Film Hustle Tribe, I’ve decided to release my short films on my Youtube Channel. They’re already available on  and in my course Filmmaking Hacks but YouTube is the Tribe’s request so I have conceded. I realized that this could be a learn experience…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Surviving the Hollywood Implosion with Scott McMahon

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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Film Gear Review: Game Changing Maxoak V-Mount Battery

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Film Gear Review: Game Changing Maxoak V-Mount Battery If you use V-mount batteries in the field for your cameras, LED lights or want a battery that acts as a power cell to charge your phone or laptop via USB connection, look no further than the Maxoak V-mount battery. We used them on “This is Meg”…

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How Mumblecore Films Are Changing the Hollywood Landscape

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 8, 2017 | 5 Comments
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How Mumblecore Films Changed Hollywood for the Better The core of what filmmaking is that it has always been there to entertain people with different audio and visual sources along with some cinematic techniques and professionals. This entertainment has been evolved from different phases and now it is revolutionized to a complete new picture of streaming,…

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IFH 146: Adventures at Cinequest with the Cast of This is Meg

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Adventures at Cinequest with the Cast of This is Meg It’s a been a long journey but This is Meg finally had it’s World Premiere at the Cinequest. I was fortunate enough to have a bunch of the cast make the trek up to San Jose, CA from Los Angeles. We had an amazing time.…

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Emmanuel Lubezki: Why He’s One of the Best Cinematographers of All Time

By Jonathan Roberts | Mar 7, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Why Emmanuel Lubezki ASC is One of the Best Cinematographers of All Time Emmanuel Lubezki, nicknamed Chivo, is a Mexican cinematographer. He was born into a Jewish family. He chose a career in the entertainment industry just like his father, Muni Lubezki, who is a producer and an actor. Emmanuel Lubezki studied film at Centro…

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Noah Baumbach: Independent Film’s Dramedy Mastro

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Noah Baumbach: Independent Film’s Dramedy Mastro Born to film critic/novelist Jonathan Baumbach and Georgia Brown who was Village Voice critic, Noah Baumbach was born in Brooklyn New York City on 3rd of September 1969 and was the third of four siblings. After completing his graduation from Brooklyn’s Midwood High School in 1987, Noah Baumbach got…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Theatrical Self Distribution of Indie Films Made Easy with Tugg

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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What is Color Science – Let Pixar Teach You!

By Jonathan Roberts | Mar 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
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What is Color Science & Psychology – Let Pixar Teach You! So not only did Pixar Animation Studios create a FREE only course teaching their storytelling secrets (click here for that gem), they also decide to teach us a bit about Color Science and it’s importance in filmmaking. They teamed up with Khan Acadamy to…

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Steve Martin Masterclass – Learn Comedy from the Legend

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 2, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Steve Martin Masterclass – Learn Comedy from the Legend One of Steve Martin’s first gigs was at the drive-in movies. When the audience liked a joke, they honked. In this class, Steve shares insights from performing for cars and humans over a 50-year career spanning sold-out arenas and blockbuster films. Learn how to find your voice,…

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IFH 145: How to Make 250K Indie Film Look Like $25 Million Blockbuster with Gaelan Connell

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 1, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Make $250K Indie Film Look Like $25 Million Blockbuster with Gaelan Connell Every once in a while I come across a filmmaker who is just a bit crazier than I am. This is true for writer/director Gaelan Connell who’s film Blood Sand and Gold is a true indie film miracle. This mad man decided to raise…

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20 Camera Terms Everyone on a Film Set Should Know

By Matt Webb | Mar 1, 2017 | 2 Comments
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20 Camera Terms Everyone on a Film Set Should Know Camera terms aren’t just jargon for one exclusive department to throw around like code as they shout at each other across the set. Everyone working on the film should be privy to them, and use them day-to-day in order to get things done efficiently. Here…

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2017 Complete Oscars Winners List

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
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2017 Oscars Winners List The 89th Acadamy Awards was one for the record books. With last year being #oscarssowhite to Moonlight winning best pictures, after some drama on stage, is remarkable. Moonlight winning is proof that budget, big studios and huge stars are the only thing that matters. It’s about STORY! Moonlight proves that a…

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Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors

By Jonathan Roberts | Feb 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors Mike Leigh is a legendary filmmaker known for his idiosyncratic creative process in which he and his actors create the film together through improvisation and workshopping. This is what I find so fascinating about his work. Let’s jump into the world of Mike Leigh. Born in…

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IFH 144: The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 24, 2017 | 2 Comments
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The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin Have you ever wish that you could avoid pitfalls and mistakes that other filmmakers made before you? Today’s guest does just that. Reed Martin is the author of the best-selling book The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know…

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10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro

By Matt Webb | Feb 24, 2017 | Comments Off on 10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro
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10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro Learning how to negotiate is a learned skill for most. It is nerve wracking and awkward, but necessary in the industry. For every job you will have some kind of negotiation over pay rate and conditions. Negotiation for a job takes place with the Unit Production…

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Mr. Robot Script Analysis: Breakdown the Pilot Episode with Peter Russell

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Mr. Robot Script Analysis: Breakdown the Pilot Episode with Peter Russell
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Mr. Robot Script Analysis: Breakdown the Pilot Episode If you have been living under a rock then you won’t understand what the big deal is with the amazing and award winning show Mr. Robot. The show follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being…

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Top Ten Best Screenplays Ever Written

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 22, 2017 | 2 Comments
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Top Ten Best Screenplays Ever Written If you want to be a screenwriter you have to read screenplays. There’s no better place to start than then reading the masters of the craft. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) published this list of the top ten best screenplays ever written and I would have to agree. My personal…

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NAB Exclusive Preview: Killer New Sigma Cine Lens Line

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 21, 2017 | Comments Off on NAB Exclusive Preview: Killer New Sigma Cine Lens Line
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NAB Exclusive Preview: Killer New Sigma Cine Lens Line I just directed This is Meg star’s Jill-Michele Meleán new Comedy Stand-Up Special and we shot it using SIGMA’s new Cine Lenses 18-35mm and 50-100mm on the Blackmagic Ursa 4.6k. My cinematographer Austin Nordell just can’t stop raving about them and I can’t tell you how…

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IFH 143: How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 20, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 143: How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned
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How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned So as filmmakers we all want to make the best films we can. Sometimes filmmakers think that a bigger budget is the answer, that bigger is better. This is what I thought when I went down the road and create my short film Red…

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